OH NO! Hours After Pope Francis Departs, Church of the Nativity Is Damaged by Fire

Pope Francis visits the Church of the Nativity on May 25, 2014

A fire broke out early Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, on the traditional site of Jesus' birth.Pope Francis visited the Bethlehem church on May 25.  The pope had left the Holy Land only hours before the fire was discovered at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday by a security guard who smelled smoke.Apparently, the fire was accidental--starting when an oil lamp fell over, damaging some fabric wall hangings insid the Grotto of the Nativity itself.  The Lebanon Daily Star reports Bethlehem Governor Ab … [Read more...]

The Pope Goes Home Today….

"We made it!"  Pope Francis with Rabbi Skorka and the Islamic Omar Abboud

Pope Francis has returned to Rome.On May 26, the last day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Holy Father stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem:  the Western Wall, where he left the Our Father in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks; and  Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, a memorial to Israeli victims of terrorism.  There, he met with survivors of the Holocaust. As a flame was lit, Pope Francis prayed the following prayer: “Adam, where are you?” (cf. Gen 3:9). Where are you … [Read more...]

Holy Mass – LIVE From the Milk Grotto

Have you ever heard of the Milk Grotto? Well, I sure hadn’t, until last year.  The Milk Grotto (officially Magharet Sitti Mariam, “Grotto of the Lady Mary”) is a peaceful grotto located just a few minutes away from Bethlehem’s Manger Square.According to tradition, the Holy Family took refuge in the Milk Grotto during Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt.  There in the grotto, Mary nursed the newborn Jesus; and while she was nursing, a drop of milk fell to the gr … [Read more...]